Item Grinding (Guide)

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Introduction[edit]

Grinds vs. carousels vs. conversions[edit]

For the purposes of this guide, a grind is a single repeatable action that reliably gives decent quantities of the expected item at little or no cost (besides actions). Grinds tend to generate lower-tier items, like Shard.png Shards of Glim and Waxjar.png Primordial Shrieks. For higher-tier items, you'll likely need to convert or do a carousel.

A carousel is a repeatable multi-action process. This guide includes some carousels, as these can also be considered a type of grind. Carousels involve going through a set series of actions, sometimes more than once, and often require raising a quality to a certain level and then cashing it out. Examples include the Boxful of Intrigue carousel (often used to obtain Candleblack.png Mourning Candles), Dramatic Tension carousels War of Assassins and Wilmot's End (for Gift.png Collections of Curiosities), and the various Arbor grinds. Another type of carousel involves a series of item conversions—notably the Cross conversion carousel for 50p items, which converts 50 of each item to 51 of the next and also raises Sidebarmakingwaves.png Making Waves at certain points.

The third major way to obtain significant quantities of an item in Fallen London is to convert other items. This includes up-conversions (e.g., Honey.png 50 x Drops of Prisoner's Honey to Heart.png 10 x Romantic Notions) and side-conversions (e.g., Papers3.png 50 x Compromising Documents to Mirror.png 51 x Memories of Light). An expandable table cafor these can be found below.


Item Conversions
Label Tier 1 (2p) Tier 2 (10p) Tier 3 (50p) ↓ Tier 4 (250p) Tier 5 (12.5E)
Academic Demetergreen.png Foxfire Candle Stub (1p) Vialgreen.png Flask of Abominable Salts Wake.png Memory of Distant Shores Library.png Volume of Collated Research None
Infernal Bottledsoul.png Soul Bottlered.png Amanita Sherry Bottledsoulblue.png Brilliant Soul Bottlegreen.png Muscaria Brandy Flamering.png Brass Ring
Mysteries (see also Whispered Hint) Crypticsecret.png Cryptic Clue Appallingsecret.png Appalling Secret (15p) Scaryeye.png Tale of Terror!! [1] Implication.png Extraordinary Implication Bookblack.png Uncanny Incunabulum
Influence Papers.png Stolen Correspondence (5p) Gossip.png Intriguing Snippet (20p) Papers3.png Compromising Document Lips.png Stolen Kiss Baldman.png Favour in High Places
Luminosity Lamplighter beeswax.png Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax Beetle.png Phosphorescent Scarab Mirror.png Memory of Light

(Crypticsecret.png 25 x Cryptic Clue = 50p)

Candleblack.png Mourning Candle Magnifyingglass.png Patent Scrutinizer
Cartography Shard.png Shard of Glim (1p) Map.png Map Scrap Waves3.png Zee-Ztory [1] Mapfragment.png Partial Map Map.png Puzzling Map
Wines Bottleandglassred.png Bottle of Greyfields 1882 Bottlemorelways.png Bottle of Morelways 1872 Bottlewillow.png Bottle of Strangling Willow Absinthe Bottlegiant.png Bottle of Broken Giant 1844 Wineglass.png Cellar of Wine
Rag Trade Silk.png Silk Scrap (1p) Scrap3.png Surface-Silk Scrap Scrap2.png Whisper-Satin Scrap Scrap7.png Thirsty Bombazine Scrap Scrap6.png Puzzle-Damask Scrap
Mysteries (see also Whispered Hint) Crypticsecret.png Cryptic Clue Appallingsecret.png Appalling Secret Bookpurple.png Journal of Infamy Implication.png Extraordinary Implication Bookblack.png Uncanny Incunabulum
Wild Words Waxjar.png Primordial Shriek Honeymazed.png Maniac's Prayer Scrawl1.png Correspondence Plaque Clouds.png Aeolian Scream Eyestorm.png Storm-Threnody
Nostalgia Honey.png Drop of Prisoner's Honey Heart.png Romantic Notion Sunset.png Vision of the Surface [1] Adoration.png Touching Love Story Document.png Bazaar Permit
Elder Jade.png Jade Fragment (1p) Idol.png Relic of the Third City Mountainglow.png Mystery of the Elder Continent Graffitihiero.png Presbyterate Passphrase Meteors.png Antique Mystery
Rumour Book.png Proscribed Material (4p) Silhouetteman.png Inkling of Identity Conversation.png Scrap of Incendiary Gossip [1] Mask.png An Identity Uncovered! Newgate.png Blackmail Material
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 (converting gains Sidebarmakingwaves.png Making Waves)

Grindable sources[edit]

The next sections list some of the most accessible and efficient grinds/carousels, and their requirements, for easy reference. Actions that are non-repeatable, or not easily repeatable (e.g., opportunity cards), are not included.

Academic[edit]

Academic items include: Foxfire Candle Stub, Flask of Abominable Salts, Memory of Distant Shores, Unprovenanced Artefact, and Volume of Collated Research.

Demetergreen.png

Foxfire Candle Stub[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

University.png The University

  • Using the Flint or Dagger grind under the University, it is possible to get a maximum of 250 foxfire candle stubs per action, after a 4 action initial investment (1 action to choose Flint or Dagger, 2 actions to get the prerequisite 50 Bees, then one action to cash out Bees with Send a small amount of Bees to Hell). You can choose either a Owl.png Watchful or Bear.png Dangerous 88 challenge, requiring 147 in either stat for a 100% chance, which gives 25 bees per action. Requires 16 actions to get 3000 stubs which is a far better grind than any of the other options here, if you are exclusively looking to stockpile candle stubs for, say, a particular plant's daily sacrifices.

Memory of Distant Shores[edit]

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Incisive Observation[edit]

Snakehead.png The Dome of Scales

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Books[edit]

Book items include: Pen.png Revisionist Historical Narrative, Pen iron.png Corrective Historical Narrative, Fungalpoetry.png Slim Volume of Bazaarine Poetry, Paperstack.png Page of Cryptopalaeontological Notes, Papers2.png Page of Prelapsarian Archaeological Notes, and Papers3.png Page of Theosophistical Notes.

Examples of where they can be acquired from:

Cartography[edit]

Cartography items include: Shard of Glim, Map Scrap, Zee-Ztory, Partial Map, Puzzling Map, Cartographer's Hoard, and Collection of Curiosities.

Shard.png

Furthermore, Parabola-related items include: Sighting of a Parabolan Landmark, Glass Gazette, Vitreous Almanac, Oneiromantic Revelation, and Parabolan Parable.

Shard of Glim[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Flit.png The Flit

Flit.png Plan a Heist

Spite.png Spite

Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall (Mercyhand.png Pygmalion)

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks

Glass Gazette[edit]


Vitreous Almanac[edit]

Ladybones.png Moloch Street

Oneiromantic Revelation[edit]

Ladybones.png Moloch Street

Contraband[edit]

Contraband items include: Flawed Diamond, Ostentatious Diamond, London Street Sign, Use of Villains, Comprehensive Bribe, Magnificent Diamond, Rookery Password, and Fabulous Diamond.

Papers3.png

Comprehensive Bribe[edit]

Viric.png Viric Jungle

London Street Sign[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Ostentatious Diamond[edit]

Bazaar.png Bazaar Side-streets

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Khanate/London

Bohogirl1.png The Henchman and the Accomplice opportunity card

Rookery.png An Implausible Penance opportunity card

Use of Villains[edit]

Wilmotsend.png Wilmot's End

Magnificent Diamond[edit]

Zailing steppes.png The Copper Quarter

Currency[edit]

Currency items include: Fistful of Surface Currency and Justificande Coin.

Currency3 silver.png

Fistful of Surface Currency[edit]

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Sneaky.png On a Heist

Other

Justificande Coin[edit]

Flit.png Plan a Heist

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Other

Fourth-City Echo[edit]

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Zailing steppes.png The Khanate

Curiosity[edit]

Curiosity items include: Ruby.png Venom-Ruby, Sapphire, Horsehead Amulet, Birdie.png Whirring Contraption, and Torsowhite.png Strong-Backed Labour.

Venom-Ruby[edit]

Whirring Contraption[edit]

A decent and widely known source is the Genderlady.png Searching out a Missing Woman (see guide) carousel

Strong-Backed Labour[edit]

Elder[edit]

Elder items include: Jade Fragment, Relic of the Third City, Mystery of the Elder Continent, Presbyterate Passphrase, Antique Mystery, Primaeval Hint, and Elemental Secret.

Jade.png

Jade Fragment[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Ruinssecond.png The Magistracy of the Evenlode

Idol.png

Relic of the Third City[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Antique Mystery[edit]

Goods[edit]

Goods items include: Certifiable Scrap, Nevercold Brass Sliver, Piece of Rostygold, and Knob of Scintillack.

Nevercold brass.png

Brass Sliver[edit]

Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall

Railway.png Upper River

Ladybones.png Moloch Street

Red gold.png

Piece of Rostygold[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Bessemer Steel Ingot[edit]

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Staircase.png Parabolan Base-Camp

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Other

Great Game[edit]

Great Game items include: Well-Placed Pawn, Final Breath, Moves in the Great Game, Vienna Opening, and Vital Intelligence.

Pawn TC.png

Final Breath[edit]

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Snowflake.png The Hurlers

Moves in the Great Game[edit]

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Zailing steppes.png The Khanate

Bookblack.png Moulin

Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks

Other

Well-Placed Pawn[edit]

Snakehead.png The Dome of Scales

Chesspiece apocyan.png The Chessboard

St arch.png Adulterine Castle

Zailing steppes.png Khan's Heart

Other

Historical[edit]

Historical items include Trace of the First City, Relic of the Second City, Relic of the Fourth City, Rusted Stirrup, and Silver Cat's Claw.

Infernal[edit]

Infernal items include: Soul, Amanita Sherry, Brilliant Soul, Muscaria Brandy, Brass Ring, Devilbone Die, Queer Soul, Silent Soul, Portfolio of Souls, Bright Brass Skull, and Coruscating Soul.

Bottledsoul.png

Soul[edit]

Bottle.png Merrigans Exchange

  • Bottledsoul.png x 25  for 1 Icon-echo.png

Flit.png The Flit

Spite.png Spite

Handstop.png Ealing Gardens

Bottledsoulblue.png

Brilliant Souls[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Doubtstreet.png Doubt Street

Queer Soul[edit]

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Influence[edit]

Influence items include: Stolen Correspondence, Intriguing Snippet, Compromising Document, Secluded Address, Stolen Kiss, Favour in High Places, and Personal Recommendation.

Papers.png

Stolen Correspondence[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Flit.png The Flit

Spite.png Spite

Compromising Document[edit]

Spite.png Spite


Stolen Kiss[edit]

Spite.png Spite


Baldman.png

Favour in High Places[edit]

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Adamsway.png Arbor, of the Roses

Legal[edit]

Legal items include: Infernal Contract, Dubious Testimony, Sworn Statement, and Legal Document.

Document.png

Infernal Contract[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Flit.png The Flit

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Paperstack.png

Writing monographs in Moulin

Sworn Statement[edit]

Adamsway.png Arbor, of the Roses

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Cave-Aged Code of Honour[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Legal Document[edit]

See above, a Candletranslucent.png Cave-Aged Code of Honour can be sold at the Bazaar for Document.png 1 x Legal Document (which tends to be more efficient than Have a Legal Document drawn up).

Luminosity[edit]

Luminosity items include: Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax, Phosphorescent Scarab, Memory of Light, Mourning Candle, Patent Scrutinizer, Eyeless Skull, Bejewelled Lens, and Ray-Drenched Cinder.

NB! Buying Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax and upconverting it is a good way of obtaining Luminosity items, however it increases Advancing the Liberation of Night: with every conversion. Currently ALoN doesn't have any adverse gameplay impact, but this might change in future.

Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax[edit]

Bottle.png Merrigans Exchange

  • Lamplighter beeswax.png x 50 for 1 Icon-echo.png

Ladybones.png Ladybones Road

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Ladybones.png Moloch Street

Beetle.png

Phosphorescent Scarab[edit]

NB! Best method to get scarabs is to buy Lamplighter beeswax.png Lump of Lamplighter Beeswax and upconvert. Better way with Moloch Street unlocked is Spelunking in the Sunken Embassy which can give you up to 380 beeswax per action after a 4 action tax.

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Mirror.png Memory of Light[edit]

Zailing steppes.png The Khanate

Other

Mourning Candle[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Bookblack.png Moulin

Crown2.png Balmoral

Roseyellow.png Marigold Station

Other

Mysteries[edit]

Mysteries items include: Whispered Hint, Cryptic Clue, Appalling Secret, Tale of Terror!!, Journal of Infamy, Extraordinary Implication, Uncanny Incunabulum, Direful Reflection, Searing Enigma, Dreadful Surmise, and Impossible Theorem.

Whispered secret.png

Whispered Hint[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Island1.png Mutton Island at Island2.png 7–8

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Flit.png The Flit

Calendar2.png Your Social Engagements

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Crypticsecret.png

Cryptic Clue[edit]

University.png The University and Flit.png The Flit

Island1.png Mutton Island

Spite.png Spite

Wolfstack.png Wolfstack Docks

Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall

Appalling Secret[edit]

Cavelake.png The Wellspring of Moulin

Snowflake.png The Hurlers

Scaryeye.png

Tale of Terror!![edit]

Lodgings.png Your Lodgings

Flit.png The Flit

Hunterskeep port.png Hunter's Keep

Bookblack.png Moulin

Other

  • Upconverting Appallingsecret.png Appalling Secret; this ranges from Scaryeye.png x 1.6  to Scaryeye.png x 5.1  per action depending on where you source your Secrets from
Implication.png

Extraordinary Implication[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Doubtstreet.png Doubt Street

Adamsway.png Arbor, of the Roses

Viric.png Viric Jungle

Journal of Infamy[edit]

Nostalgia[edit]

Nostalgia items include: Drop of Prisoner's Honey, Romantic Notion, Vision of the Surface, Touching Love Story, Bazaar Permit, and Soothe & Cooper Long-Box.

Honey.png

Drop of Prisoner's Honey[edit]

University.png University Laboratory

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Heart.png

Romantic Notion[edit]

Polythreme.png Polythreme Streets

Adoration.png

Touching Love Story[edit]

Flit.png Plan a Heist

Spite.png Spite

Document.png

Bazaar Permit[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Flit.png Plan a Heist

Vision of the Surface[edit]

  • Sunset.png x 51  by using Scrawl1.png x 50 .

Captivating Ballad[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Sneaky.png On a Heist

Osteology[edit]

Human Arm[edit]

Church.png Burrow-Infra-Mump

Flit.png The Flit

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Human Ribcage[edit]

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Fist.png Intervene in a Dockers' Brawl, Accept a share of the small crate stolen from the Bone Market with Brawling with Dockers at least 40

Rag Trade[edit]

Rag Trade items include: Silk Scrap, Surface-Silk Scrap, Whisper-Satin Scrap, Thirsty Bombazine Scrap, Puzzle-Damask Scrap, Parabola-Linen Scrap, Scrap of Ivory Organza, and Veils-Velvet Scrap.

Silk.png

Silk Scrap[edit]

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

  • Silk.png x 6000  Performing A Documentary when reinstated to Court provides up to 150 per action.

Spite.png Spite

Hunterskeep port.png Hunter's Keep

Veilgarden.png The Singing Mandrake

Scrap3.png

Surface-silk Scrap[edit]

Polythreme.png Polythreme Streets

Spite.png Spite

Ratness[edit]

Ratness items include: Rat on a String, Baptised Rattus Faber Corpse, Rat of Glory, and Venge-Rat Corpse.

Ratsstring.png

Rat on a String[edit]

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Spite.png Spite

Baptised Rattus Faber Corpse[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Veilgarden.png The Singing Mandrake

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Ratty Reliquary[edit]

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Other

Rubbery[edit]

Rubbery items include: Nodule of Deep Amber, Unearthly Fossil, Nodule of Trembling Amber, Nodule of Warm Amber, Nodule of Pulsating Amber, Nodule of Fecund Amber, and Fluke-Core.

Nodule of Deep Amber[edit]

Bottle.png Merrigans Exchange

  • Amber.png x 33.(3)  for 1 Icon-echo.png

Slime and Amber: the Rubbery Men

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Forgottenquarter.png The Forgotten Quarter

Empresscourt.png The Empress' Court

Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall

Nodule of Warm Amber[edit]

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Station.png Helicon House

Rumour[edit]

Rumour items include: Proscribed Material, Inkling of Identity, Scrap of Incendiary Gossip, An Identity Uncovered!, Night on the Town, Blackmail Material, Diary of the Dead, Intriguer's Compendium, and Rumourmonger's Network.

Book.png

Proscribed Material[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Foreignoffice.png The Foreign Office

  • Book.png x 450 for Escort duty, on success; requires at least 15 actions to do the whole carousel, giving a rate of at most 30 Book.png Proscribed Material per action.

Other

Inkling of Identity[edit]

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Mahoganyhall.png Mahogany Hall

Snowflake.png The Hurlers

Other

Incendiary Gossip[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Other

An Identity Uncovered![edit]

Doubtstreet.png Doubt Street

Handstop.png Ealing Gardens

Ruinssecond.png The Magistracy of the Evenlode

Roseyellow.png Marigold Station

  • Mask.png x1  for Enter the Gatehouse in The Very Walls of Hell. Requires no stat checks, and gains no menace.

Spite.png Spite

Scrap of Incendiary Gossip[edit]

Doubtstreet.png Doubt Street

Blackmail Material[edit]

Ladybones.png Concord Square

Sustenance[edit]

Sustenance items include Parabolan Orange-Apple, Jasmine Leaves, Basket of Rubbery Pies, Crate of Incorruptible Biscuits, Tin of Zzoup, Hand-Picked Peppercaps, and Sausage About Which No One Complains.

Basket of Rubbery Pies

Bone17.png The Bone Market

Theological[edit]

Theological items include Verse of Counter-Creed, Palimpsest Scrap, Apostate's Psalm, and False Hagiotoponym.

Apostate's Psalm[edit]

Verse of Counter-Creed[edit]

Wild Words[edit]

Wild Words items include: Primordial Shriek, Maniac's Prayer, Correspondence Plaque, Aeolian Scream, Storm-Threnody, Night-Whisper, Starstone Demark, and Breath of the Void.

Waxjar.png

Primordial Shriek[edit]

Endgame players with access to highly profitable grinds (anything above Icon-echo.png 2.75 per action) are better off just buying Primordial Shrieks from the Bazaar.

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

  • Waxjar.png x 1050 (failure: 700) for Breed the Somnolent Hyaena via Discipline at Cardfan.png Luck 70%. Assuming high stats and using the Lab to generate the required Honey, this averages to 945 Shrieks every 13.8 actions, which is 68.48 Shrieks (Icon-echo.png 1.37) per action.

Ladybones.png Ladybones Road

Maniac's Prayer[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Correspondence Plaque[edit]

Aeolian Scream[edit]

Spite.png Spite

Wines [edit]

Wines items include: Bottle of Greyfields 1879, Bottle of Greyfields 1882, Bottle of Greyfields 1868 First Sporing, Bottle of Morelways 1872, Bottle of Strangling Willow Absinthe, Bottle of Broken Giant 1844, Cellar of Wine, Bottle of Fourth City Airag: Year of the Tortoise, Vial of Tears of the Bazaar, and Vial of Masters' Blood.

Bottle of Greyfields 1879[edit]

Ladybones.png Ladybones Road

Veilgarden.png Veilgarden

Veilgarden.png The Singing Mandrake

Wolfstack.png The Blind Helmsman

Bottle.png Merrigans Exchange

  • Bottleandglass.png x 50 for 1 Icon-echo.png

Other

Bottle of Greyfields 1882[edit]

Ladybones.png Ladybones Road

Shutteredpalace.png The Shuttered Palace

Bottle of Strangling Willow Absinthe[edit]

Spite.png Spite


Bottle of Broken Giant 1844[edit]

Doubtstreet.png Doubt Street

Cellar of Wine[edit]

Labyrinth.png The Labyrinth of Tigers

Zee Treasures[edit]

Zee Treasures items include: Moon-Pearl, Deep-zee Catch, Royal-Blue Feather, Ambiguous Eolith, Carved Ball of Stygian Ivory, and Live Specimen.

Moonpearl.png

Moon-Pearl[edit]

Flit.png The Flit

Watchmakershill.png Watchmaker's Hill